Mesh Mould wins Concrete Innovation Award in Norway

16.03.2017 10:25

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Mesh Mould project team has been awarded the Concrete Innovation Award at the second Concrete Innovation Conference in Tromsø, Norway. Mesh Mould is developing robotic construction techniques to allow for building load-bearing concrete elements of any shape without formwork.

The second Concrete Innovation Conference (CIC) was held to address the future needs expressed by the concrete industry and society at large, such as energy saving, the reduction of CO2-emissions, or material efficiency in construction. It challenged participants to present novel solutions that demonstrate how the concrete industry can contribute to future challenges of society.

After a thorough assessment, the Norwegian Concrete Association Research Commitee agreed to award two winners the CIC 2017 award. Mesh Mould project team from Switzerland was one of two winners. The team received the award in the category “Buildability – Efficient Construction Techniques” for their presentation “Mesh Mould – an On-site, Robotically Fabricated Functional Formwork”.

About Mesh Mould’s project
Mesh Mould’s project explores the folding of two separate yet essential concrete construction components – reinforcement and formwork – into a unified robotic fabrication process. The idea is a digitally-controlled extrusion process of bespoke „leaking formwork“ elements for non-standard concrete structures that are environmentally sound and structurally lean, and that can be efficiently fabricated directly on the construction site.

During the first research phase a spatial robotic extrusion process was developed, allowing to examine the interdependencies of mesh typology and rheological behaviour of concrete.

The on-going second research phase focuses on the translation of the structurally weak polymer-based extrusion process into a fully load-bearing steel-construction system.

(RAN)

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